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Madonna previews new album Rebel Heart by releasing six tracks featuring Kanye West and Nicki Minaj
Dec 20, 2014 8:35am | Cosequence Of Sound

Madonna has announced her new album, Rebel Heart, and released six of its 19 tracks for immediate download. The move comes after 13 unfinished or demo tracks from the album were leaked onto the Internet earlier this week.

In a note on her website, Madonna wrote, “I was hoping to release my new single ‘Living For Love’ on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring. I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.”

In addition to “Living For Love”, today’s release includes “Devil Pray”, “Ghosttown”, “Unapologetic Bitch”, “Illuminati”, and “Bitch I’m Madonna”, the latter of which features Nicki Minaj. Additionally, Kanye West and Diplo contributed to the production of the tracks.

According to Madonna’s website, more music will be released on February 9th. The entirety of Rebel Heart will then be available on March 10th.

Below, listen to “Illumnati” produced by Kanye West, and “Bitch I’m Madonna” featuring Madonna.




The Weeks Best Vinyl Releases
Dec 20, 2014 7:29am | Fact Magazine

Few people are onto great records as quickly as a great record store.

After years spent discovering gems in Phonicas end of year lists, it made sense to give them a regular space on FACT. Every Saturday, staff from the Soho institution will pick out the five vinyl records you should grab this week.



FLOATING POINTS
‘Nuits Sonores’ 12″
(Eglo Records)

Another solid-gold showing from Sam Shepherd on this gorgeous 12″, which pairs the A-side’s lush, organ-led deep house with an intriguing 11/4 on the flip that’s sure to shake up the dance.

Audio / Buy here



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‘X’
(No ‘Label’)

It’s one of those pesky ‘mysterious producers’ (operating under a particularly infuriating moniker on Rush Hour’s low-key offshoot) but the music speaks for itself crushed and distorted but ever-so-heavenly house, drawing on battered soul samples and blurry disco snippets.

Audio / Buy here



DJ METATRON
‘U’ll Be The King Of The Stars’
(Traumprinz/Giegling)

Label-of-the-moment Giegling unloads some starry-eyed and proudly nostalgic rave tunes which, despite the irresistibly silly titles (‘...



Madonna released six tracks from her new album Rebel Heart overnight
Dec 20, 2014 6:59am | Fact Magazine

Singer counteracts leak with “early Christmas gift.”

Earlier this week, Madonna’s new album was leaked under the title Iconic. The 13 tracks that appeared online were quickly dismissed by Madge as “unfinished demos stolen long ago.”

In a seeming effort to counteract the effect of the leak, Madonna surprise released six songs from her “real” new album, which is actually titled Rebel Heart. The tracks were released via iTunes during the night from Friday to Saturday. The album is due for release on March 10, 2015.

The released tracks include ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’ which now features a guest verse from Nicki Minaj. The track has long been rumoured to involve Diplo and SOPHIE on production. Another track, ‘Illuminati’, sees Madonna rap references to Beyonce and Jay Z among others.

Speaking to her fans via her official website, the singer said of the release: “I was hoping to release my new single ‘Living For Love’ on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring. I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.”

You can preview and purchase the six tracks via iTunes. The page indicates that t...


Nicki Minaj combines tracks from The Pinkprint for short movie
Dec 20, 2014 6:59am | Fact Magazine

Heartbreak, 808s and piano.

Nicki Minaj unveiled The Pinkprint movie last night, a 16-minute extended music video that combines tracks from her latest album.

Album songs ‘I Lied’, ‘All Things Go’ and ‘The Crying Game’ are included in the movie which, like the album the songs are taken from, revolves almost entirely around the ending of relationships.

For more on Minaj’s The Pinkprint, read our review which called the album her “most cohesive project to date.”


Brodinski enlists Slim Thug, Makonnen, SD and more for rap-heavy debut album
Dec 20, 2014 6:58am | Fact Magazine

The Bromance co-founder checks the last box on his to-do list.

Perhaps best known for the bass-heavy techno he’s released on Grizzly, Turbo and his own Bromance imprint, Brodinski has spent the last few years beefing up his hip-hop bona fides, contributing to Yeezus standouts ‘Black Skinhead’ and ‘Send It Up’, producing for BeatKing and Gangsta Boo, and dropping a handful of well-received mixtapes.

The Parisian producer will continue that genre-hopping development with Brava, his debut album due in early 2015. Collaborating with countrymen DJ Kore and Myd, Brodinski has created an album that looks to blend techno and rap.

To do that, the producer has brought together a handful of impressive rap talent: veterans like Slim Thug and D4L’s 2$ Fabo, Chicago upstart SD (who dazzled us with both ‘Circles’ and his album Truly Blessed), DC weirdo Yung Gleesh and Atlanta up-and-comers Makonnen, Young Scooter, Bloody Jay and more.

The Brava tracklist is below, along with the video for lead track ‘Can’t Help Myself’; the album is due out early next year.

1. Cant Help Myself Feat. SD
2. Calculator Feat. Chill Will
3. Bury Feat...


Danny Breaks relaunches Alphabet Zoo label with two new releases
Dec 20, 2014 6:58am | Fact Magazine

UK hardcore and jungle pioneer reboots his much loved hip hop imprint.

Earlier this year, Danny Breaks celebrated 20 years of his Droppin’ Science imprint with a compilation of the label’s best vinyl cuts alongside previously unreleased dubs and versions.

As the output on Droppin’ Science trickled to a stop in the early 2000s, Breaks launched a sister imprint, Alphabet Zoo, dedicated to hip hop and the sweet spot between crunchy drums and fat bass lines.

Over the course of a few years, Alphabet Zoo released 12″ EPs from Danny Breaks and Cologne-based DJ and producer Adlib. Some of the tracks, notably ‘The Jellyfish’, became underground anthems and can still be heard in DJ sets from the likes of Kutmah and The Gaslamp Killer.

After a nearly eight year hiatus, Breaks has rebooted Alphabet Zoo with two new releases from himself and Adlib, who now goes under the name D.N.Hürter.

Both releases are available via the Droppin’ Science Bandcamp page in digital formats.

D.N.Hürter’s Hürter EP features seven new productions that toy with electronic, hip hop and footwork aesthetics while Danny Breaks’ Beat Tape Schitt release collects ten previous unreleased beats from the man’s archives.

For more on the man’s extensive career check out our Essential… Danny B...


Slowdive at Londons Forum
Dec 20, 2014 6:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
The seminal shoegaze ensemble play the first of two nights in London. Burak Cingi shoots.>

What's going on Saturday? (Fat White Family, Lemuria, Nick Lowe, Widowspeak, Quilt, Com Truise, Aye Nako & more)
Dec 19, 2014 11:05pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Fat White Family at Baby's All Right earlier this month (more by Gretchen Robinette)

Quilt @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Fat White Family, PC Worship, Degreaser, Sunflower Bean @ Baby's All Right
Now calling Brooklyn their home base, UK band Fat White Family will be rubbing their scent on local venues more regularly -- which is good for music fans and maybe bad for clubs' cleaning staffs. It should be said that despite their (deserved) wild rep, FWF have a load of great songs and keep it together live, despite antics.

Matisyahu @ Best Buy Theater
Happy Hanukkah! Matisyahu is here to celebrate the holiday with his annual Festival of Light tour.

Lemuria, Slothrust, Aspiga, The Young Leaves, Prince @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Buffalo's Lemuria have been one of the most consistent makers of indie punk for years now, and they haven't slowed down yet. Their tourmates Prince, just so there's no confusion, are also a punk band, not the singer.

Aye Nako, Heathers, Littler, Fern Mayo, Vagabon @ Shea Stadium
Another good place for indie punk fans to be tonight is Shea Stadium where Brooklyn's great Aye Nako headline.

Widowspeak, Quilt, What Moon Things @ Glasslands
Widowspeak and Quilt have both played Glasslands numerous times over the year...


Heres why Stephen Colbert played Neutral Milk Hotels Holland, 1945 to close The Colbert Report
Dec 19, 2014 8:14pm | Cosequence Of Sound

A celebrity singalong of “We’ll Meet Again” wasn’t the only music moment on last night’s finale of The Colbert Report. Neutral Milk Hotels  “Holland, 1945″, and not the show’s usual theme song, soundtracked the ending credits of the episode. As Gawker points out, the song choice served as a tribute to his father and two brothers who tragically died in a plane crash in 1974.

According to a New York Times column about Colbert written by Maureen Dowd:

He had 10 older siblings. But after his father and the two brothers closest to him in age died in a plane crash when he was 10 and the older kids went off to college, he said, he was “pretty much left to himself, with a lot of books.”

He said he loved the “strange, sad poetry” of a song called “Holland 1945″ by an indie band from Athens, Ga., called Neutral Milk Hotel and sent me the lyrics, which included this heartbreaking bit:

“But now we must pick up every piece
Of the life we used to love
Just to keep ourselves
At least enough to carry on. . . .
And here is the room where your brothers were born
Indentions in the sheets
Where their bodies once moved but don’t move anymore.”

Replay last night’s episode in full on Comedy Central’s website. Listen to the song below.



David Fincher Working On 1980s Music Video Industry Comedy For HBO
Dec 19, 2014 6:52pm | StereoGum

Following the announcement that Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger’s 1970s music industry drama was given the go-ahead at HBO, news has trickled out that David Fincher is also working on a music biz series. The Gone Girl director is currently prepping a half-hour comedy pilot called Living On Video, according to Deadline. The series is set in 1983 in Los Angeles during the advent of the music video industry, which Fincher himself was a part of, directing videos for Madonna, Paula Abdul, and the Rolling Stones. He developed the idea with Rich Wilkes and Bob Stevenson, who wrote the script. Preliminary casting is underway, but the pilot hasn’t gotten a greenlight from the network yet.





Nine Inch Nails Fan Creates Humongous Torrent Of Every Available Concert Bootleg
Dec 19, 2014 5:11pm | StereoGum

Since 2008, an obsessive and extremely dedicated Nine Inch Nails fan has been collecting the band’s live audio from a massive pool of sources in order to create a free online database of fan recordings titled “Reflecting In The Chrome: A NIN Recording Archive.” The drive has gone through several evolutions, some of which the collector Ryan calls “messy,” but this latest iteration is the highest-quality group of tracks so far — and it’s finally being made available to the public. There is a way of downloading the entire drive, which you supposedly need 750 GB of free space to store, or you can mail a harddrive to Ryan and he will mail it back to you with the archive stored on it. Ryan hopes to eventually include fan-shot video on the site as well. The torrent and details about the project can be found here.





Live Nation acquires controlling interest in Lollapalooza/ACL promoter C3 Presents
Dec 19, 2014 4:37pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Live Nation Entertainment has officially closed a deal to obtain a controlling interest in C3 Presents, the promoter behind Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and several other prominent music festivals.

According to the Austin Business Journal, Live Nation now holds a 51% share in the Austin-based company, which also helps promote and produce some 1,700 concert events across North America. While no details behind the deal were announced, it marks the conclusion of a year-long negotiation cycle and serves as one of Live Nations largest acquisitions as it expands into the fledgling market. According to sources for The New York Times, Live Nation estimated C3 to be worth somewhere near $250 million, making the actual ownership stake worth $125 million.

In a statement released this afternoon, C3s partners wrote, “We are excited to join Live Nation and become a part of their global family, while continuing to grow our festivals within a culture of entrepreneurship that will empower our team to keep improving these festivals and the fan experience.”

The acquisition has already lent Live Nation quite the financial bump. When final negotiations began back in October, Live Nations stock rose from $22 a share to $26 a share.

In recent years, Live Nation has purchased several other festival promoters, predominantly working to break into the EDM market by acquiring interests in HARD, Insomniac, and Cream. C3 Pres...


The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Dec 19, 2014 4:32pm | StereoGum

This makes two years in a row now that an actual Album Of The Year contender has been released in the pre-holiday murk, a time traditionally reserved for Christmas compilations and extensive box sets, a time after lists of the year’s best albums have been published. That’s too bad — it would be nice to see Black Messiah represented on such lists, because it deserves to be there — but D’Angelo made the right call: The world needed that record right now; it couldn’t wait. Anyway, he’s at the top of this list of the week’s best songs, and he deserves to be there, too.

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Geeneus relaunches grime alias Wizzbit, shares unreleased tracks on Soundcloud
Dec 19, 2014 4:31pm | Fact Magazine

The Rinse founder turns back the clock.

Earlier this year, Geeneus tweeted, “I’m going home to make 20 grime tracks. Time for the return of [W]izzbit,” the alias he used for Triton rack grime productions in the early aughts. Now, it looks like he’s getting closer to fulfilling that promise.

The producer has launched a Wizzbit Soundcloud, and while no new grime tracks have surfaced, he has shared a few notable productions, including both throwbacks (‘Jam Hot’, ‘Grand Theft Firefly’) and previously-unreleased tracks (‘Blow’, a remix of Macabre Unit’s ‘It’s All About’).

Stream the unreleased tracks below. Earlier this year, Geeneus joined Flowdan, Jammer and DJ Spyro to give a comprehensive grime history lesson.

Update: Mr. Mitch points us to P Money’s ’2 Decks And A Mixer’, which is also a new Wizzbit production.


Sky Ferreira shares Omanko music video, directed by DIIVs Zachary Cole Smith watch
Dec 19, 2014 4:29pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Last month, we saw Sky Ferreira and her boyfriend, DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith, team up to cover the Hole/Kurt Cobain track “Asking For It”. This week, the couple has combined its talents yet again on Ferreira’s new visuals for Night Time, My Time highlight “Omanko”. Directed by Smith, it’s a grainy home video-style clip featuring live concert footage as well as more personal snapshots of the lovebirds.

Watch it below.


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